Unlike the smartphone or laptop markets, gaming consoles are updated on a much slower cycle, with a release every 5-6 years as the standard. Now, we are upon the 8th generation of consoles, and the rumor mill for one console has stopped. The NX is no longer a project under development, as Nintendo has hit us left field with a new hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch.
Here at Seamgen, we are excited to see how this new console will develop. After months of speculation, the Nintendo Switch is finally here, so keep reading to learn more about the console itself, the launch lineup, and why it is flying off shelves.
Every generation has a console they remember quite fondly. For some it may be Nintendo’s Gameboy Advance, while for others it might be Sony’s PlayStation 2.
Traditionally, there are home consoles connected to a TV, and then there are the portable consoles, for gaming on the go. Nintendo has always been at the forefront of hardware gimmicks and innovation, with consoles such as the DS (and sequel 3DS) and the Wii (and sequel WiiU.)
The Whole Package
While the idea of a hybrid console has been thrown around here or there, Nintendo has made it a reality with the Switch.
Aptly named, the Switch is Nintendo’s take on combining the functions and power of a docked console with the portability of a handheld–all while allowing users to switch at will.
The Switch works through a touchscreen console that allows for connected controllers (called Joy-Cons). The Joy-Cons can also be removed to put the console on the switch dock, enabling it to play through a monitor.
Nintendo promotes the console as:
Play at home
Dock your Nintendo Switch to enjoy HD gaming on your TV.
Undock to seamlessly transition into handheld mode.
Flip the stand to share the screen, then share the fun with a multiplay
The Joy-Con is marketed as:
One controller or two, vertical or sideways, motion controls or buttons…Joy‑Con and Nintendo Switch give you total gameplay flexibility.
The process is seamless, as you can easily switch from monitor to handheld. And if Nintendo is good at one thing, it’s making gaming niches feel incredibly natural. Its past success with dual screens and portable wand-like remotes attest to this.
The Switch has been the subject of numerous rumor mills. From specs to actual usability, speculation was high, especially due to the underwhelming success of the WiiU.
Now that the console is in the hands of the players, below are the specs:
- Screen: Multi-touch capacitive touch 6.2-inch LCD Screen / 1280 x 720
- CPU/GPU: NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor
- Storage: 32GB upgradable to 2TB
- Battery life: 2.5-6.5 hours
- Price: $299.99
With such hype being built around a Nintendo device, the launch titles are being held to a high standard as well.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one them, and it plays a big role in the lack of availability of the Switch right now. Even prior to the official announcement of the Switch, Nintendo has been banking on Breath of the Wild.
At E3 2016, Nintendo focused solely on Breath of the Wild; and it payed off as it was highly regarded, building the hype. This hype would later translate over to the Switch, after it was announced that it would be released with the console.
Outside of Zelda, several other big hitters have been announced for release soon.
While there are expected titles such as Mario Kart, titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim took many by surprise, as the console was not expected to run a game as big and graphic heavy as Skyrim. While we get to enjoy Zelda for now, here are the other games we are patiently waiting for:
- Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fall 2017
- Super Mario Odyssey, Holiday 2017
- Splatoon 2, Summer 2017
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, 4/28/17
- Shin Megami Tensei: Title Unkown, TBD
- I am Setsuna, 3/3/17
- VOEZ, 3/9/17
Believe it or not, we at Seamgen are not the only ones aware of the Switch’s release, and all the hype has made it difficult for eager gamers to find one.
In this era of pre-orders and online purchases, new consoles tend to sell out, but the question remains: for how long?
Breath of the Wild has been given nearly perfect reviews across multiple gaming authorities, and sales have reached 1.5 million consoles worldwide. While the Switch had a decent number of titles announced, there were only a handful ready to go with launch. As of now, this is a Zelda machine, albeit a really good one.
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